Importance of Being Earnest

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We begin with Jack and Algernon are having a chat about ‘Bunburying’ where both show conflicting views on the subject. The conversation moves onto the matter of love and how they have both fallen in love and subsequently both arranged to be christened in the evening of the name Ernest to impress their ladies. Gwendolen and Cecily then question Jack and Algernon on their deception as Ernest. The ladies are satisfied with their answers and they fall into each other’s arms just as Lady Bracknell walks in. Cecily tells Lady Bracknell how she is engaged to Algernon and after much questioning gives her consent to the marriage. There is a common theme of love in this section with both Algernon and Jack revealing their true love for Gwendolen and Cecily. One aspect of comedy that Wilde has perfectly placed in this section is Algernon’s contradiction of views on marriage. This links with earlier in the play, when he expresses how there is nothing romantic in a proposal of marriage; whereas now he has found love, his view has completely changed. Wilde constantly contradicts the direct speech from the characters. Algernon and Jack often switch from acting as parallels to pairs. Their views can be very conflicting at times, such as the meaning and opinion of ‘Bunburying’. Jack says ‘This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose?’ Whilst Algernon replies, ‘Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is.’ However, sometimes, they act very similar and things in the same way such as their desire to be engaged to their love interests. Their behaviour ends with the realisation that their deception as Earnests are now well and truly over. Throughout the scene where Algernon and Jack are describing their situation on love, the conversation goes onto a tangent, and talk turns to Algernon and his desire to eat all the muffins. Wilde portrays Algernon as greedy by
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